ERIC Number: ED103317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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The School System and the Social Development of Nigeria.
Madu, Oliver V. A.
The goal of the Nigerian school system in the context of national integration, modernization, and stability is social equalitarianism and welfare. Also, historically, Nigerian schools have been competitive and Western because of the colonial regime and missionary schools. The pattern remains in independent Nigeria with English literacy and Western education the means for upward social mobility. In recognition of this social order Universal Primary Education (UPE) was instituted in 1957. The system, quickly overburdened, produced greater social differentiation and unemployed literates and then collapsed. Land reforms and the availability of capital through the government are helping to create a rising rural middle class as one means of meeting these manpower problems. Also, a new UPE for 1975 is being introduced within a national development plan where the role of education is to create and improve "human capital." Recommendations to help avoid the problems of an educated unemployed population produced by the first UPE include the recruitment of an adequate number of teachers, curricula oriented toward the developmental needs of the society and based on the nuclear family as a pre-elementary socializing agent, quality standards for the rural schools, in particular, and retraining in agriculture or small business for those who leave school. (JH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria